It was /rob-zombies-the-lords-of-salem-shoots-this-spring/announced earlier this month that Rob Zombie is set to make The Lords of Salem his next directorial feature. The witch-themed horror thriller will start shooting this spring, with Paranormal Activity's Jason Blum, Oren Peli, and Steven Schneider producing.
The Lords of Salem is based on a song from Rob Zombie's 2006 album Educated Horses, and it chronicles four witches from the 1692 Salem witch trial who are secretly burned at the stake, later arriving in present day Massachusetts to seek their revenge.
Rob Zombie was originally going to make the grim biker exploitation drama Rob Zombie's Tyrannosaurus Rex as his next feature after Halloween II. He then toyed around with making a second The Blob remake. But he put both of those on hold for The Lords of Salem.
Rob Zombie recently spoke about all three projects, offering new details on his plans for The Lords of Salem, how he hopes to make Rob Zombie's Tyrannosaurus Rex directly following it, and why he gave up on reinventing The Blob for a third generation.
About where the original idea for The Lords of Salem came from, Rob Zombie said the following.
"Like a lot of my ideas, I had this one a long time ago. But it was never the right time to make it. Eventually it spun off into a song, but there were still no plans to turn it into a movie until the Paranormal Activity guys approached me and wanted to do something. I didn't have any specific plans, but I mentioned The Lords of Salem and they really latched onto it."
Rob Zombie also offered new plot details on The Lords of Salem.
"There were twenty people that everyone knows about - obviously all innocent - executed as witches in Salem. The basic premise of the film is that there were a further four who actually were witches, who were killed secretly, and vowed one day to return to wreak havoc on Salem's descendants. That's when the movie jumps ahead to the present day and things start to go wrong... The Lords of Salem is probably the bleakest of all my films. It's only gonna get worse!"
"I didn't want to do another remake. You just can't win. If it's too similar to the original, everybody wonders what the point was, but if it's too different, everybody complains that it's... too different! I found especially with Halloween II that everyone talked about what it wasn't and not what it was: 'you can't do that with Michael Myers; you can't do that with Loomis...'It's like people have a set of rules in their minds about how these things should function, and you can't work like that."
About continuing work on Rob Zombie's Tyrannosaurus Rex, the director said the following.
"I'd love to make a Western too, but the trouble is that films are expensive. When you find people like the Paranormal Activity guys who are super-enthusiastic and super-cool and ready to put up the money for something, you'd be out of your mind to turn them down."
You can check out Rob Zombie's original animated music video upon which the upcoming The Lords of Salem will be based on, in the clip below.